FIRST THANKS GO TO MY FAMILY — to Teresa for reading every word and to Antonio for being the happy genius of our household. I would also like to acknowledge the many scholars, students, and friends who have influenced my study of book history in Indian Country over the past seven years. This project began as a short paper for Kate Shanley’s Lannan Summer Institute in Native American autobiography at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library, Chicago. In addition to Kate’s kind guidance, I owe a debt of gratitude to all my fellow seminar participants for their kind support that summer, and to Rob Galler, who was acting director of the McNickle Center during the seminar.
An American Indian Studies (AIS) Consortium Faculty Fellowship from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (cic) helped bring my research into sharper focus, and again the staff at the McNickle Center and the Newberry Library were exceptionally generous with their support. I would like to thank especially James R. Grossman, vice president for research and education; Brian Hosmer, then director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History; and John S. Aubrey, Ayer collections librarian. Among the many CIC AIS faculty who helped me out along the way, I want to acknowledge the collegiality of Jean O’Brien, Joseph Gone, Robert Dale Parker, and John M. McKinn. I would also like to thank the students who took my seminar at the Newberry in 2005. Their conversations during class pushed this book in new and exciting directions.
My colleagues at the Society of Early Americanists who have offered construc tive advice on several parts of this book deserve many thanks as well. Joshua Bellin, Joanna Brooks, Kristina Bross, Sandra Gustafson, Laura Mielke, Gordon Sayre, Laura Stevens, Ivy Schweitzer, and Hilary Wyss all contributed substantial support as I worked on this project. At the University of Iowa, I was blessed to have two incredibly patient and helpful colleagues in American Indian and Native Studies, Jacki Rand and Michelene Pesantubbee. Each